Dawson officials forming crime watch
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 9:54 p.m.
With hopes of taking control of a recent outbreak of crime in the borough, Dawson officials are organizing a crime watch meeting which is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Residents in the Tri-Town area are urged to attend.
The meeting will be held at the Dawson VFC located on Galley Street.
Dawson Mayor Carol Capella stressed the meeting is for residents in Dawson and the surrounding towns.
“We have been having some issues,” Capella said. “We've had some break-ins into private residences, garages, and other buildings, and what happens in Dawson is usually a reflection on what goes on in the whole Tri-Town area.”
Capella said a similar crime watch group had been formed in the past but disbanded when the issues quieted down.
“We did have a crime watch in the past and then things simmered down,” Capella said. “Now things are starting to flare up again and we thought it would be a good idea to get something together.”
Capella contacted the Pennsylvania State Police, who will send a trooper to make a presentation at the meeting and hand out brochures on crime and prevention.
The officer will also be bringing an itemized listing of what crimes were committed in the immediate area for residents to see.
“I think it's a good idea for the community to see what has been going on in the area,” Capella said.
Borough council President Patty Lint said an organized group is a good idea.
“I'm glad that we are doing it,” Lint said.
Capella said a recently formed Facebook page of tritowncommwatch is already popular and can be beneficial in several ways.
“People can post something that happened in their area so we can then be on the watch for it here,” Capella said. The Facebook page can also be used in an emergency situation as an extra alert. “It's easy and it's accessible,” the mayor said.
Capella hopes for a good turnout Wednesday and hopes to organize a monthly meeting to try to get a fix on the issues.
“The crime has to stop and we are going to all work together,” Capella said. “Not as the town of Dawson, but as a community. We are all going to work together and take care of this together.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.